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Integrating IPv6 Into Your Network: Five Steps for Building Your IPv6 Address Plan

May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am PST

When I was younger and faced with a large problem, I tended to shy away from the problem and take other paths to avoid the issue in the hope that the issue either got smaller or ideally went away.  I’m finding that as an adult, you cannot always do that.  Some issues just will not go away no matter how hard you try to avoid them or how creative your excuses get for why they are not important right now.

Integrating IPv6 into your network is one of those issues.  It is a large problem that impacts all areas of what goes on in the IT shop – network, security, applications, content, operating systems, etc.  The key to making an integration successful is to make sure that representatives from all IT organizations participate and contribute to the project and to approach the problem by breaking it into manageable chunks.

Step 1: Don’t panic.  Read More »

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An “A” or an “F”? Comcast and Cisco Grade the Cable Industry on IPv6 Readiness

For many students, this time of the year marks “Spring Break”.  (Ah, just the thought of this brings back fun memories…)  However, once you get past the stereotypical party imagery, it really is a time of assessment.  Mid-term exams complete and we ask ourselves what we need to do to achieve that final grade.  Service providers find themselves in similar circumstance with the IPv6 subject as World IPv6 “graduation” day quickly approaches in June.

At the March 20th Light Reading Cable event in Denver, two pioneers in the IPv6 field – our own Fred Baker, a Cisco Fellow and IETF Chair, and John Brzozowski, Chief IPv6 Architect at Comcast — talk candidly about the benefits of IPv6, beyond address widening; how operators are doing, in terms of the upcoming launch; and what happens post-transition. Fred also handles one he hears a lot “When is IPv6 going to be done? Because I’ll deploy it then…”

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Answers to Quiz: IPv6 Internet Announced, Apocalypse Called Off

As promised, here are the results for our “IPv6 – Are You Ready” video quiz which we published on January 19th, 2012.

Click on the link above if you haven’t watched the video.

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IPv6 Internet Announced, IP Address Apocalypse Called Off

Although we released this some time ago, not long before the run out of IPv4 addresses we thought we’d repost it again given the announcement earlier in the week of the launch date for the IPv6 Internet. The great news is with the IPv6 Internet happening on June 6, 2012 there is no need to fight your colleagues for IP addresses or hide under your desk. Provided, of course, that your network architect or IT Read More »

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Cisco Demonstrates IPv6 Interoperability

At Cisco, we’ve talked many times before about the exhaustion of IPv4 address space and the need for the industry to adopt IPv6 to support the explosion in the number of people, devices, and web services and enable the continuing growth of the Internet. As you can read in the announcement on our corporate blog, today Cisco joined with other leading industry participants such as AT&T, Google, Facebook, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable to be part of the World IPv6 Launch. This means that by June 6, 2012 all participants will permanently enable IPv6 on their networks and websites.

Since deployment of IPv6 requires an industry-wide response we recently teamed with Excentis to participate in Read More »

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